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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
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May 19, 2021

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Job no: 233319-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV), in collaboration with the Departments of Pathobiological Sciences, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, or Biochemistry, seek to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The faculty hire is expected to develop and continue a robust research program aimed at generating new insights into the molecular biology of viruses, particularly RNA viruses, their processes of infection, replication, structure, biochemistry, immunology, evolution, proteins & translation, and/or disease pathogenesis.

This position is one of a three-part synergistic hiring initiative, The Metastructures of Viral Infection, which focuses on multiple components of RNA virology, DNA virology and structural virology. The collective faculty positions expand and complement the Madison Virology Program (MVP). This particular hire is expected to develop or extend a research program geared toward understanding the molecular biology or biochemistry of viruses, with preference given to candidates working on cutting edge research directions relevant to RNA viruses that cause disease in animals or humans, or as emerging or zoonotic viral pathogens.

In keeping with Madison traditions of collaboration and highly successful joint appointments, the IMV and the tenure home department will act as interactive partners in this hire and will mutually support this position with substantial laboratory facilities, diverse biological, biochemical and virology collaborators, high quality students, and other resources. The successful candidate will become an IMV Member and an MVP Affiliate, joining a vibrant community of virologists, complementing and strengthening the UW's outstanding breadth in biological research. Because this is a cluster hire position, there are creative opportunities for synergy with recent new hires in the areas of DNA virus genome superstructure, and cryo-EM-dependent structural virology. The new faculty member will have additional opportunities to pursue future federal grant applications in conjunction with other virology and structural virology faculty colleagues on campus. The primary department affiliation and tenure home, among the above-listed departments, will be determined based on research scope with significant input from the candidate.

Further information regarding the cluster initiative can be found at: initiative/

The UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Research and Education are all committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. We insist that all new hires embrace the importance of equity and diversity in the workplace.

UW-Madison is a world-class academic institution ranking among the top institutions in the nation in science and engineering expenditures, with a research portfolio of over $1 billion. The city of Madison provides a vibrant, culturally rich environment consistently ranked highly in national surveys for quality of life.

The position is a full-time academic tenure-track (Asst) or tenured (Assoc) faculty position. It carries a commitment to the three important functions of instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to Faculty rank.

Principal Duties:

Principle duties to include:

1) Carry out a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program at the forefront of RNA virology, virus biochemistry or a closely related focus.

2) Teach undergraduate, graduate, or professional students in the tenure home department curricula. Provide support for education within graduate programs.

3) Contribute and participate in professional, university, and community service appropriate to rank.

4) Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Ph.D. in biological or relevant physical science.

The area of focus includes the study of RNA viruses, or general virology, in the context of viral infection.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Candidates should display a productive record of established scholarship of national and international significance in virology, particularly RNA virology with a demonstrable ability to work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

Viable candidates will demonstrate a record of, or potential for: 1) publications in impactful journals; 2) success in obtaining individual and collaborative extramural funding; and 3) contributions to outreach, extension and service functions of the Department, College, University and professional societies.

Candidates for the appointment of Associate Professor must meet criteria for appointment at that rank per UW School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, or College of Agricultural and Life Sciences guidelines for appointment and promotion on the tenure track.

Additional Information:

The University and Madison offer a thriving environment with ready access to cultural activities, outdoor pursuits, and stimulating neighbors and colleagues. UW-Madison and the Departments of Biochemistry, Pathobiological Sciences, and Medical Microbiology and Immunology are committed to further increasing the diversity of the campus community, programs, and curricula.

The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) and is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity in cutting-edge research, education, and service to society. These values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

Salary basis (Annual, 12 month or Academic, 9 month) will be dependent on the selected tenure home at time of hire.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

JANUARY 01, 2022


ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" ( under job number 233319. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system. Applications submitted outside of this system will not be considered.

Click the "" button to start the application process.

Applicants should upload the following information as a single PDF document:

1) Curriculum vitae (CV)
2) Two-page description of research accomplishments and future directions
3) One-page statement of past and future plans for contributions to diversity and inclusion

Contact information for three (3) references will be requested at the time of application.

We advise that applicants notify potential letter-writers in advance that letters will be required to the department by September 15, 2021, if the candidate is advanced to the next round of screening.

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Ann Palmenberg, PhD, Chair
RNA Virology Cluster Faculty Search Committee

or to the Search Administrator:
Ms. Bre Sinotte Wang
Department of Biochemistry


Bre Sinotte Wang
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: May 19 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Sep 15 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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